Calls for Artists

One Week Left to Submit to Modular Art Pods at OZ Arts Nashville!

Alison Rinner and Becky Fox Matthew's pod. Photo by Alison Rinner.

Alison Rinner and Becky Fox Matthew’s pod at MAPs Abrasive Media, February 2015.

There are only 7 days left to submit a pod or performance for Modular Art Pods at OZ Arts Nashville, happening June 21 to 25, 2016. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 18th at 11:59 p.m.

Follow this link to apply.


Modular Art Pods @ OZ Announces Call for Artists!

Gordon Roque's pod at the Abrasive Media show. Photo by Alison Rinner.

Gordon Roque’s pod at the Abrasive Media show. Photo by Alison Rinner.

The call for artists for Modular Art Pods at OZ Arts Nashville in June 2016 is now open! The installation will be up for five days, June 21 to 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  As a part of OZ’s Thursday Night Things series, we will have special live performances on Thursday, June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.

We’re looking for two types of participants: 1. Artists who will build their own art pods. 2. Performers who will perform in 3-hour time slots in special pre-built performance pods.

OZ Arts will provide a stipend for pod construction materials. We’re still working out the exact amount, but it will be at least $50.

Applications must be submitted between September 30 and November 18, 2015. Before you submit, please read our About page, the Pod Rules, and the Pod Building Guides.

You may continue editing your responses until the deadline of November 18th, 2015. You are welcome to submit multiple ideas. Just fill out a separate application for each.

When you’re ready, apply here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Modular Art Pods coming to OZ Arts in June 2016!

I’m happy to announce that the second edition of Modular Art Pods will be coming to OZ Arts in Nashville, Tennessee in June of 2016. The installation will be up for five days, June 21st to 25th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  As a part of OZ’s Thursday Night Things series, we will have special live performances on Thursday, June 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. Read more about it at

We are very close to announcing the Call for Entries. So you can better prepare your submission, please note the following changes this time around:

  1. We are shooting for approximately 50 pods this time. The inaugural event featured 30.
  2. The tunnel will be split into “levels” comprised of 4 to 8 pods each. Between every level will be open space, so attendees can enter/exit frequently and choose a nonlinear path if they wish.
  3. There will be at least 2 levels that are accessible and walkable, meaning guests will not have to crawl through. Most of the pods in these sections will be 8’x8′ or 6’x6′ pods. We want as many large pods as we can get, so if you’re interested building one, let us know.
  4. All crawling pods now require a comfortable floor, such as carpet or foam.
  5. Because the exhibit will be open for five days, we have to rethink how we do performance pods. There are at least two approaches you can take:
    1. Your pod can be self-sustaining without performances throughout the week, and on Thursday, June 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. you can host a special performance inside of it/around it.
    2. You can choose a range of days and times in special “performance pods.” In these 8’x8′ pods, which the organizers and performers build together, the performances rotate. For example, from 12 to 3 p.m., there may be an aerial silk collective performing. From 3 to 6 p.m., there may be an experimental improv music group.
  6. We will provide a stipend to help offset the pod costs. We’re still working on figuring out the exact amount and looking for sponsors to help subsidize. Let us know if you have recommendations for sponsors and/or grants.

Keep these things in mind when thinking about what you’d like to submit. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

Here’s a video of the inaugural MAPs at abrasiveMedia earlier this year.

Modular Art Pods Call Extended to Dec. 20th

Want to apply for Modular Art Pods but missed the December 11th deadline? Not to worry. We’ve extended the deadline until December 20th at 11:59 p.m.

Your proposal doesn’t have to be completely fleshed out. We just need a few sentences to a few paragraphs of your basic concept. If you can’t decide between a few concepts, list them all.

And remember, you aren’t required to follow our making guides for sheet goods and pvc pipe. Those are just helpful resources. You can make your pod out of whatever materials you desire, just as long as you follows the pod rules. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

Apply here.

Call for Artists: Inaugural Modular Art Pods Event at abrasiveMedia

Published December 1st, 2014

Modular Art Pods (or MAPs) is an open source, multi-disciplinary, collaborative “art tunnel.” Attendees crawl through a series of individually-curated, 4′ cubed micro art galleries. The intimacy of the space (each cube a single-person occupancy) forces the attendees to confront the art solo, away from the distractions of traditional art openings. A special behind-the-scenes backlot tour is available for those unable to crawl through. Attendees can choose to go through the tunnel or around it, but not both.

MAPs is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike, so any group can host an event, any place, any time. The inaugural show will take place at abrasiveMedia in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, February 7th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston event.

The call for artists is open now through December 11th December 20th at 11:59pm. Individuals and groups of all artistic disciplines, including but not limited to visual, sound, movement, video, textiles, new media, and experiential can apply. If you’re interested, continue reading and then fill out the application linked below.

The inaugural event curated by Tony Youngblood and abrasiveMedia will be limited to 23 pods. Participants will be chosen based on originality of idea and how well the pod fits the whole.

Participants must build their own pod, 4′ wide x 4′ long by any height. Two 8′ cubes are available for performance artists. Pod-building guides are available below.

The application will ask the artist to look at the following map and select their top three pod locations. If your idea is accepted, you will be assigned (if possible) one of your three top choices.

MAPs Map @ Abrasive Media

Pods have three configurations: straight paths, corner paths, and a limited number of 8′ pods. You will be asked to place your entry and exit doors according to your pod configuration.

Before applying, please review the following pages:

When you’re ready, use the following web form to apply: